The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 10, 1930


Short & Wilkerson Moved Into New Shop Recently

            Last Monday SHORT & WILKERSON, who have done blacksmith work for Holdridge & Sons for a number of years, moved into their new blacksmith shop, immediately north of Holdridge store and mill.  They recently completed a new brick building on this lot, and will conduct a general blacksmith and wood work business and may later add equipment for a wider range of mechanical service.

            Messrs. S.W. SHORT and S.N. WILKERSON are the members of the firm.  Both of these men are known locally.  Both are excellent workmen, and have given satisfaction to the De Leon public for years.  They will no doubt draw the same liberal patronage in the new business venture as they have done for Holdridge & Sons.


            The immortal spirit of Mrs. Maggie MORGAN passed back to the God who gave it on Monday, January 6, 1930.  The end came at 4:20 o’clock, p.m. at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.L. BOYETT, at the old TERRY homestead, two miles south of this city.  She had been a long and patient sufferer, having given up her position at Albany some eighteen months ago and came home to rest and try to regain her health.  The skill of the best physicians obtainable, plus loving and careful nursing, did not avail.  She gradually declined.  A great sufferer through all the long months she remained cheerful, desiring to live but resigned to the will of “Him who doeth all things well.”

            Her death came at the old homestead where her girlhood was spent and where she was married to Carles [sic] MORGAN in the year 1900.  Here she had the ministrations of her sister during the last nine months of her life, and their devotion to each other was expressed in loving service on the part of one and of gratitude and reciprocal love until death on the part of the sufferer.  The devoted son spent long midnight vigils beside her bed, and friends were kind and self sacrificing.

            Maggie TERRY was born on July 22, 1881 and died on January 6, 1930, being forty-eight years, five months and 15 days of age at death.  She was mother of one child, Paul, who was the joy and pride of her life.  One little grandson, Bobby MORGAN, had come to share her love.  Four sisters and three brothers also survive to mourn her passing.

            The funeral service was held at the Methodist church, of which she had been a faithful and loyal member since early childhood.  Rev. S.J. RUCKER conducted the service.  The board of stewards of the church acted as pall bearers in special recognition of Paul MORGAN, who serves church efficiency as Sunday School superintendent.  Burial was at De Leon cemetery.

Miscellaneous Shower for Mrs. George MORRIS

            Thursday, January 3, Mesdames Charley and Jesse MORRIS gave a miscellaneous bridal shower for Mrs. Geo. MORRIS at the home of Mrs. Jesse MORRIS.  Cake and fruit were served to the following ladies:  Mesdames Otho BLOYD, Roy OGLESBY, E. JOHNSON, John WALL, J.L. VAUGHN, Charley MORRIS, W.B. RAY, H.S. FREEMAN, Ike POWELL and Misses Pearl JOHNSON and Odette GILLOCK.

E.N. Pitts is Seriously Ill at McCamey

            Mrs. Arthur HARDIN and Terrill PITTS left Sunday morning in response to a message from McCamey stating that their father, Newt PITTS, was seriously ill.  Mr. PITTS and his family moved to McCamey some time ago.  Miss Allene, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. PITTS is very ill with pneumonia.  She is under the care of a nurse.


            Clarence FLEMING and Miss Ruby WILSON were happily married December 30 near the home of the bride.  Miss WILSON is a stranger here, her home formerly being at Killeen.  She is the beautiful daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom WILSON.  Clarence FLEMING is the son of Will FLEMING of the Robinson SPRINGS community and has a position of high standing and honor among his friends.  Mr. FLEMING has many friends in the Oliver Springs community, also others, who wish them much success.  The happy couple have not yet chosen their home for the coming year.


            George Lambert MORRIS and Miss Erma Lee POWELL were happily united in the holy bonds of wedlock Saturday, December 21st at Purvis, at the home of Rev. Walter MARTIN.  Mrs. MORRIS is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ike POWELL and Mr. MORRIS is the son of Tom MORRIS.  These young people were reared in the St. Joe community and have a large circle of friends who wish for them much happiness.


            In the write-up of the death of Grandmother TATE, in last issue of the Free Press, the writer made an error in copying the names of the children.  The Free Press said there were five children.  There are six living.  The name “Charlie GRAY” should have read “Charlie TATE,” who is one of the six surviving children.  The Free Press editor is exceedingly sorry that the error occurred.


            The Free Press has received announcement of the arrival of “Margaret Ann,” baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.W. HATFIELD, Trent, Texas.  The tiny one weighs five pounds and is doing nicely.  Mrs. HATFIELD was formerly Miss Faye RUFF.

Robinson Springs

Perry MORING was in Comanche Saturday to see Mr. WALKER, County Superintendent, on some school business.  He was accompanied by his wife and little son, Joe HERNDON.

Mr. LITTLE, Mr. MORING and Bobbie MORING went to Huckabay Sunday to spend the day with homefolks and to attend singing at that place Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Perry MORING, accompanied by Misses Modess WEST, Afton CLARK, Ruth CLARK, LaJoyce MACON and Mr. Floyd WEST went to Huckabay Sunday afternoon to attend a singing.  They stopped at Stephenville on the return trip to see Mr. HEATH, father of Mrs. MORING.  He is slowly improving.

Mr. J.B. SPRUILL and family of Comyn and S.C. PRICE and family of Desdemona have recently moved into this community.

Miss Jewell SPRUILL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. SPRUILL, who is attending school at Comyn, spent the weekend with homefolks.

The road over the Concord district was improved by Mr. ELY, Mr. BLANKENSHIP, Mr. W. KIMMELL and B. KIMMELL recently.

The school honor roll for this month is as follows:

First Grade: Doyle ELY, Bonnie Faye CUMMINS, J.C. McADAMS, Arlie FORREST, Avis FORREST, Wanda CARR, Marie BLANKENSHIP, Troy BARKER and Durwood PARK.

Second:  Thelma FORREST, Laura Mae BLOYD, Melton DECKER and A.J. STEWART.

Third:  Charles KEE, Ross MILLER, Elephone DECKER, Marjorie BRUMBELOW, Floyd ELY and Anita KIMMELL.

Fifth: Thelma and Velma MILLER, Janice BRUMBELOW, Marie ELY and La Bon SPRUILL.

Sixth: Josie BLOYD, Virginia TOLAR, Ruth CLARK, Thelma BARKER and L.V. PARK.

Seventh: Myrtle WEST, Wilma Carroll MILLER, LaVeda MACON, Hollis DYSON and John T. KEY.

High School:  W.L. MOORE, Mattie Mell SPRUILL, Elaine BARKER, Lucile KEY, LaJoyce MACON and Ina Mae TARRANCE.

Miss Annie Laura ELY, who has been in California with her brother the past two years, returned recently and will finish the school term here.

Miss Bes UNDERWOOD spent last weekend with her parents in Dublin.


Mrs. Frank SMITH is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Horace MORRISON at Dublin.

A group of young people went on a marshmallow roast last Tuesday night in Mrs. M.B. HART’s pasture.  A large fire was built on the hilltop.  The marshmallows were toasted and eaten and many interesting games played.  At 9:00 they went serenading.  They returned to Mrs. HART’s at 12:30. 

Rob CLIFTON is on the sick list this week.

Tom JAMES and Raymond JAMES of Ranger are visiting H.C. JAMES this week.


Little Martine PAIR, who has been very ill, is better.

Mrs. A.F. KAY visited relatives in New Mexico the past week.

Frank KAY has sold his farm to Mr. TERRY.

Claud PAIR visited his parents Sundy.

C.C. MILLER carried a truck load of hogs to Ft. Worth the past week.


S.W. LAMINACK, formerly of Comyn, has moved into this community and taken charge of the J.B. WILSON farm.  Mr. LAMINACK, together with his family is considered a worthy addition to the community.  The two eldest daughters, Miss Madilan and Miss Dixie, are in the high school and will play on the ball team.

Mr. and Mrs. C.V. McKINNEY spent a part of last week visiting with his brother, J.C. McKINNEY of Frankel.

Mrs. W.A. BRAZELL and grandson,  L., have moved to Salem where they will spend a part of the winter.

Earnest DISHMAN of Ranger has been visiting with his father and family the past week.

Dorris HUGHES and sister, Miss Sarah, attended church at Desdemona Sunday.

Mrs. O.S. Robbins has been on the sick list the past week but is improving.

Oliver Springs

Five new pupils have enrolled in the school since Christmas, four being sons of Robert DAVIS, who was formerly a resident of De Leon.  He has moved to the home formerly owned by S.L. CANTWELL.  Two other new scholastics are Leonard and Lottie MOORE, who recently moved to the Lum HODGE farm.

Miss Lela ECHOLS has returned home after having been employed by the John NABORS family for some three or four months.

Miss Ruby Lee REED is home from San Antonio where she has been working.

Mr. and Mrs. L.V. SMITH of New Mexico have been visiting with E.B. GREGORY and other relatives the past few weeks.  Mr. SMITH is the son of the late Walter SMITH, who made his home in the community several years.

Miss Oleander ECHOLS spent the past week with her sister, Mrs. R.M. BREDLOVE of Comanche.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy BURLESON have moved to the farm of Joe SMITH.

Mrs. Will PARKS is away on a visit with her sister, Mrs. BASSETT of Cisco.

S.L. CANTWELL and family have moved to Lampasas.  They have moved to a large sheep ranch.

Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS spent a part of last week with her daughter, Mrs. R.M. BREEDLOVE of Comanche.


Miss Margaret MOORE of Knox City is now at home for a few days.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom OSBORN of Knox City visited with her father, George MOORE.  Mrs. OSBORN was formerly Mrs. Madge CARVER.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HURT have the telephone system of this place in charge taking the place Jan. 1.

Cecil HORTON and Miss Eula May FISHER were quietly married last Saturday afternoon.  They were accompanied by John SMITH and Miss Rosa FISHER.  Their many friends wish them success.


Mrs. Coy LOVE of Dallas was a weekend guest of her mother, Mrs. Will PARK.

Miss Gladys SHORT of Breckenridge visited Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam SHORT.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie LEE were visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. LEE in Clifton last week.

Mrs. C.E. COONER of Ft. Worth is here, guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.P. LLOYD.

Gene JENKINS of Waxahachie was here last week visiting his brother, W.C. JENKINS.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl TOMLIN of Roby were here last week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim RIPPETOE.

Mrs. H.H. CARLILE has returned home from a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. PATTON at Rotan.

Mrs. C.N. FERRELL of Sipe Springs is guest of her son, C.L. FERRELL and family and daughter, Mrs. John TATE.

A. GRIMSHAW of Elida, New Mexico was here last week visiting his son, J.L. GRIMSHAW and family.

Rev. and Mrs. Carl STEWART of Olden accompanied her sister, Miss Ora Marie CRANE home Tuesday. 

Mr. and Mrs. Otis BABER visited last week in Stephenville, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. WARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton GILLOCK and daughter, Billie Gene of Baird were visitors Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. Dolph SMITH and son, Arlton, of Gorman, were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. BROWNLEE.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin HANCOCK and baby daughter, Little Miss Marvelle, were visiting with relatives in Waco the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCRUM and children of Putnam were Sunday visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. VAUGHN.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer TATE and daughter of Brownwood, were weekend visitors with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. TATE.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MOORING and small son spent last week as guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.D. HEATH at Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHN and children spent last week-end in Spur visiting his parents, Rev. and Mrs. VAUGHN.  They were accompanied home by his brother, Marvin, who will spend several days visiting in their home.

Mr. and Mrs. L.T. KIRKLAND and small son, Tommie Joe, have returned to their home in McCamey after spending last week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack HAYNES.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam NOEL had the pleasure of having their daughters and families last week as visitors, Mr. and Mrs. Robert FRIERSON of Cross Plains and Mr. and Mrs. S. HORTON and children of Colorado.

Miss Irene BROWN, who teaches near Comanche, has returned to her school after spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe BROWN.

Mrs. E.E. GENTRY and Otis BUCHAN received a message from Ft. Worth Sunday stating that their uncle, Ellis HARRIS, was dead.  Mr. HARRIS formerly lived here.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert GEORGE and children of Roby have returned home after a ten days visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry GILDER and other relatives.

Mrs. Carl YOUNG and Frank TATE of Forman have returned home after attending the funeral of their grandmother TATE and visiting relatives.

Dale WILSON, who has made his home at Brownwood for some years, is here, guest for a while in the home of his aunt, Mrs. J.M. WHALEY.

Mrs. Mansel JENKINS happened to a painful accident Saturday at the Travelers Hotel.  As she started in the door, she fell on the tile floor and injured her face and hand.  She was attended at once by a local physician and is recovering.

Jack SPENCER and small daughter, Bettie Lou of Dallas, were here last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George SPENCER.

Ross B. JENKINS and sister, Miss Leila of Trent were weekend visitors with Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. Ross JENKINS and small son, Robert PERRY. 


©2004,2005 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.